St. John the Baptist Catholic Church  


Church Address:  703 East Main Street, West Frankfort, IL 62896

Phone: (618) 932-2828

Fax: (618) 937-0200




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Rev. Eusebius Mbidoaka, Ph.D., S.T.D.

Rev. Eusebius Mbidoaka, Ph.D., S.T.D.

Thank you for your interest in St. John the Baptist Parish. We invite you to become involved with your faith life in our parish and continue your spiritual growth through the many resources offered here. St. John the Baptist Church offers weekday and Sunday Masses as well as Eucharistic Adoration. The parish has programs in education and pastoral ministry for children, youth and adults as well as a vibrant social ministry outreach. The programs and services of the parish continue to grow. St. John’s school provides an excellent education in an intentionally Catholic environment. Each new parishioner adds a richness to our faith community which allows us to reflect more fully the Body of Christ in today’s society.

Mass Times

Thursday - 5:30 P.M.

Friday - 8:15 A.M.

Saturday - 5:00 P.M.

Sunday - 10:00 A.M.

Eucharistic Adoration

Friday 6:00 - 7:00 P.M.


Thursday - 5:00 P.M.

Saturday- 4:20 P.M.

Parish Office

Office Hours: Tuesday through Friday 9:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M.

Calendar of Upcoming Events

* Stations of the Cross
Every Friday during Lent at 12:30 P.M.

* Lenten Fish Fry
Every Friday from March 3 thru April 14
4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Columbian Club (formerly the Knights of Columbus Hall)
Cod Fish Dinner (choice of two sides, drink, and dessert included)
$12.00/Adults $6.00/children under 12
Available sides include: Cole Slaw, Baked Potato, Mac-N-Cheese, Baked Beans, French Fries
Sides only - $2.00 each
Call 937-1844 for Carry Outs

* EDGE Youth Group
Join EDGE as we discover more to Prayer. All youth grades 5th-12th are welcomed for our next meeting of fun, faith and fellowship on Sunday, March 26, 2017, from 6:00-8:00 pm at the school. Theme: The Time is Now. Snacks will be provided. Youth do not have to be Catholic to attend, so please bring your friends! The next EDGE night will be on Sunday, April 9, 2017, from 6:00-8:00 pm at the school. Theme: Genie vs. Father

* Baptism Classes
The next Baptism class will be held on Monday, March 27, 2017, at 6:15 pm for anyone seeking the Sacrament of Baptism for their child. To register, please contact Emma Tuthill at 618-982-9204 or You must register for class to attend. In the event there are no registered parents, the class will be cancelled.

* St. Bernadette Society
Sunday Mass—March 26, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
Potluck—March 28, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
It's a potluck. Don't forget dinner service. Also, remember your canned goods for the food pantry.
Hostesses: Jean Connor, Bonnie Crabtree

* RCIA News
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 6:30 P.M.
St. Joseph Meeting Room in Benton, il
Topic: "Choosing a Patron Saint for Baptism/Confirmation" Explanation of the 2nd Scrutiny
This weekend at Mass, our catechumens and candidates will experience the 2nd Scrutiny, an invitation to look more deeply at one's life direction and relationships. The Gospel will be the story of the Man Born Blind. Please consider these questions: What goodness in my life might shine forth MORE brightly? What darkness in my life needs the enlightenment of Christ and the Gospel? What is it that I Long to SEE, to KNOW, to UNDERSTAND?
Presenters: Sister Laura Reynolds, Mike Young
All are welcome!
Questions: Please call Sister Laura Reynolds at 618-923-4345

Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 6:00 P.M.
If you need tickets, tables and individual seats are available now.
If your business sponsors a corporate table, you will receive live mentions throughout the evening as well as a listing in the program.
Please reserve your tickets sooner rather than later, as we do tend to sell out quickly. It also helps us along with the planning process.
Tables are $600.00 each for eight people. Corporate Tickets are $75.00 each and Individual Tickets are $60.00 each.
Contact Kelly McCord at or call 923-3557. Thank you!!

* Races For All Paces
Races for all Paces

* West Frankfort Columbian Club
Every Tuesday Night Bingo
7:00 pm
West Frankfort Columbian Hall

* Daughters of Isabella
Every Friday Night Bingo
6:30 pm
Herrin KC Hall

School News from the Principal

Saturday, March 25 is the Confirmation retreat from 9 am to 6 pm. The students will attend Mass at 5 pm. The Children's Mass is also Saturday, March 25 at 5 pm.

If you have box tops you need to turn in, please do so by March 29. Mrs. Claycamp needs to send them off by March 31.

Here are some dates & times of some upcoming events:
Easter break April 13 — April 23. School resumes April 24.
Springtacular Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 6 pm
Confirmation Thursday, May 4 6 pm
1st Communion Sunday, May 7 10 am Mass
Spring Concert Wednesday, May 10 at 6:30 pm
1st Communion Reception Thursday, May 11 at 6:30 pm
8th Grade Graduation Saturday, May 13 at 5:00 PM Mass

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Founded 1916 - A parish of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Belleville, Illinois.